Giro (dog)

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The grave of Giro, von Hoesch's dog, stands outside the former German Embassy in London.

Giro was a terrier dog (or German shepherd)[1] that belonged to the German ambassador to the United Kingdom, Leopold von Hoesch. Giro died in 1934 after chewing through some electrical cable and was buried in the garden of the German embassy at 9 Carlton House Terrace[2]

Giro's tombstone was moved in the late 1960s to its present location following building work.[2] It has been described as Britain's only Nazi memorial. Flowers are put on Giro's tombstone every February.[3][1]

Gravestone text[edit]


Ein Treuer Begleiter

London Im Februar 1934


EN: "Giro"

A faithful companion!

London in February 1934.



  1. ^ a b David Brandon; Alan Brooke (15 June 2015). Curiosities of London: Historical Walks Around the Capital. Amberley Publishing Limited. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-1-4456-4844-6.
  2. ^ a b c "Giro the Nazi Dog". Historic UK. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  3. ^ Benedict Le Vay (2007). Eccentric London: The Bradt Guide to Britain's Crazy and Curious Capital. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-84162-193-7.